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National report details Hawaii's readiness for a public health emergency

December 15, 2009
by Helen Altonn
Honolulu Star-Bulletin

Hawaii is one of 11 states that achieved seven out of 10 key indicators of preparedness in the report, "Ready or Not? Protecting the Public's Health from Diseases, Disasters and Bioterrorism.

"The H1N1 flu outbreak has exposed serious underlying gaps in the nation's ability to respond to public health emergencies and ... the economic crisis is straining an already fragile public health system," reported the Trust for America's Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

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